Neill Blomkamp releases live-action Anthem short (update)

Updated February 14, 2019: The short went up today.

There are many collaborations between Hollywood and the gaming industry in the works, but EA just announced a standout one. Today, the company said that Neill Blomkamp, the Academy Award-nominated director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, is working with the publisher on a live-action short film called "Conviction" based on Anthem. Anthem is an upcoming shared-world third-person shooter from BioWare. BioWare is the studio behind famous franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Anthem is expected to launch on February 22, 2019. Just like Destiny, the developer wants to support the game for the next ten years.

In Conviction, Blomkamp brings the "vast world of Anthem to life with his own story set decades before the beginning of the game." This live-action short also focuses on creating photorealistic effects. Unfortunately, only a short teaser of Conviction is now live, and you'll have to wait until February 14 for the complete version.

People will see the player city of Fort Tarsis in the game come to life, and the Freelancers that live within it. These Freelancers who use Javelin exosuits, have been recreated by Neill's team to show them in live action as they fight off the main villain and head of the evil Dominion faction, the Monitor.

When asked about working with BioWare, Blomkamp said, "I was really blown away by this incredible world BioWare created the very first time I saw Anthem. Conviction sets the stage with a narrative that touches on Anthem's beautiful and immersive world, which is ripe for exploration."

Recently, Digital Foundry managed to test all the versions of the game and concluded that only the Xbox One X offered native 4K resolution. The PlayStation 4 Pro achieves 1800p. In an earlier analysis, Digital Foundry discovered that there were "checkerboarding" artifacts on all versions — even PC — but that's not the case.

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